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28 March 2014

Brookes Reader in Anthropology of Architecture launches new book on Consuming Architecture

Consuming Architecture: On the Occupation, Appropriation and Interpretation of Buildings bu Marcel Vellinga

Dr Marcel Vellinga, Reader in Anthropology of Architecture has co-edited a new book with Professor Dan Maudlin, Professor of Modern History at Plymouth University.

The book titled Consuming Architecture: On the Occupation, Appropriation and Interpretation of Buildings, examines the variety of ways in which buildings are consumed after they have been produced. The book draws upon contributions by architects, historians, anthropologists, literary critics, artists, film-makers, photographers and journalists, and shows how the consumption of architecture is a dynamic and creative act that involves the creation and negotiation of meanings and values by different stakeholders; and that this can be expressed in different voices. The book challenges ideas of what constitutes architecture, architectural discourse and architectural education, how we understand and think about it, and who can claim ownership of it.

Consuming Architecture is aimed at students in architectural education and will also be of interest to students and researchers from disciplines that deal with architecture in terms of consumption and material culture.

Speaking about the new book, Dr Vellinga said, "Projecting forward in time from the processes of design and construction that are so often the focus of architectural discourse, the contributions to Consuming Architecture examine the variety of ways in which buildings are consumed after they have been produced".

Dr Marcel Vellinga is a member of the Place, Culture and Identity research group and holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Leiden University (the Netherlands). Over the years he has taught and published on a variety of topics including vernacular architecture, the anthropology of architecture, rural architectural regeneration, Minangkabau architecture, tradition and sustainable development.

Consuming Architecture: On the Occupation, Appropriation and Interpretation of Buildings was published by Routledge in 2014 and is edited by Professor Daniel Maudlin, Plymouth University and Dr Marcel Vellinga Oxford Brookes University and is available from the Routledge website.